One of Coinbase’s First Investors Says Crypto Is Worthless and Should Be Shut Down
These are fighting words.
After turning a $10,000 investment in mainstream cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase into a smooth $6 million, 34-year-old angel investor Liron Shapira has had enough.
In a scathing new interview with Insider, Shapira took a swipe at the wider cryptocurrency space, calling it “essentially worthless” and opining that it “should all be shut down” — which is rather convenient, it’s worth pointing out, for somebody who already got away with millions.
But at the same time, given the current state of the crypto space, Shapira’s opinion isn’t exactly without wrong, either.
Now, he’s aspiring to become “the Michael Burry of crypto,” referring to the investment fund manager who famously predicted the 2008 financial crisis — and he’s not pulling any punches.
Shapira is one of the lucky ones, having bought into crypto early and then gotten the hell out before markets went for a nosedive.
Despite making a bundle — Shapira was one of Coinbase’s earliest investors back in 2012, but later sold his stake in 2021, well before the exchange’s collapse this year — the investor has become an outspoken critic of the space.
“A lot of people on Twitter are accusing me of like, ‘Wow, this guy’s so bitter about crypto,'” he told Insider. “‘He must have missed the boat.’ No, I secured the bag. I just think it sucks.”
Axie to Grind
Shapira has since leveraged his online presence as a way to bludgeon targets into the crypto space, like when he called Axie Infinity — which, sure enough, imploded recently — a “Ponzi scheme” on Twitter.
“I’ve never been a crypto ‘hater,’ because this isn’t emotional for me,” he tweeted today, following his interview with Insider. “All I do is predict which tech looks promising. If I still thought that was crypto, I’d keep betting on it.”
Instead, though, he’s now seeing the writing on the wall.
“But now my bets are on crypto markets crashing,” he added.
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